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Monday, August 22, 2011
Miller to start Thursday; Wake on Friday

By Joe McDonald

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Terry Francona tweaked the club’s upcoming rotation and will have Andrew Miller start on Thursday in Texas, with Tim Wakefield making his next start on Friday at Fenway Park.

“We really leaned on [Jon] Lester the last three starts and this way we’ll back Wake up and let him pitch Friday, back up Lester [to Saturday] and this way it gives everybody a little bit of rest," Francona said. "We talked to [John] Lackey and [Josh] Beckett too, to make sure we’re doing the right thing and everybody feels good about it.”

The change means Wakefield will have a chance to win his 200th career game at home, although Francona said did not play into his decision. It will be Wakefield's sixth attempt at the milestone.

“There are a lot of reasons, and you can’t do it for sentimental reasons, but I’m glad,” Francona said.